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Rock ’n’ roll fever down under

Twisting the night away, Maori Community Centre, Auckland
Twisting the night away, Maori Community Centre, Auckland circa 1962, Westra, Ans (1936– ), New Zealand. Purchased 1993 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

Rock 'n' roll fever swept New Zealand in the late 1950s, enrapturing young people around the country.

Auckland's Maori Community Centre became a popular venue for this new type of music and dancing. The centre had been set up in 1948 as a meeting place for Maori moving to the city. In the 1950s, attendance of formal dances began to drop off, so the centre changed its music policy to include rock 'n' roll.



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